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Iseman Is Ready to Keep Serving

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Toni Iseman taught junior high and high school classes for 12 years before switching from teaching to counseling and discovering a preference for working with students one-on-one. That penchant now informs her approach as an elected member of the...

Wisdom Workout

Are You Running On Empty? When life was more leisurely, summer was a time for increased relaxation and ease. Today, many of us are speeding down the highway of life at breakneck speeds, demanding that we operate in full-on problem solving mode but with the added pressure that we...

Running the Hills Instead of the Highway

Editor, As we move through the long days in the heart of summer, we’re also in prime running season.  I’ve enjoyed reading about the summer successes and activities of the Laguna Beach boys and girls cross country teams.  Congrats to Coaches Wittkop and Lalim for their hard work,...

Some Leap!

Summer campers observed a pair of humpback whales leaping out of the water and waving their flukes about two miles offshore Laguna Beach on Tuesday. The Ocean Institute in Dana Point offers whale-watching trips for school children during the week and for the general public on...

Police Veteran Turns in Her Badge

Investigations supervisor Louise Callus retired from the police department on Thursday, July 31, capping a 30-year career with Laguna Beach that began with a temporary summer job in 1984 as an unsworn parking control officer. After getting rehired fulltime that fall, Callus...

Library Opens a Chapter of Poetry and Summer Fun

By Donna Furey | LB Indy The winners of the 16th annual Laguna library poetry contest, La Vida Poetica, will step into the spotlight at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 12, and read their winning poems for the public at the downtown library. In addition to poetry readers, the library serves...

Collection Reveals the Secrets of College App Essays

Nothing can sap summer fun better than a looming deadline to write a college application essay. This is the time of year rising high school seniors should be getting a jump on these dreaded personal essays, but most prefer to do just about anything else. “I don’t blame them,”...

Cooking Series Turns Up the Heat

  The Festival of Arts’ weekly Art of Cooking series begins with award-winning chef Zov Karamardian on Sunday, July 13, who will give demonstrations and share samples of her dishes. Cooking demonstrations are free with festival admission and take place on the festival...

Don’t Waste Water, Please

Editor, Living in a community means we as individuals, with individual rights, have a responsibility to the whole when making decisions that affect us all. It may be your right to plant a lawn in the middle of a drought; I’m sure the neighborhood dogs will love it.  But it...

Trolley Shuttles Patrons with a Smile

By Kellie Hall, Special to the Independent   Over 593,000 riders welcomed the Laguna Beach free summertime trolley last year, and this year, riders are already flocking to the popular service, Ken Fisher, deputy public works director, reported. The service, which rolled out...

Lowdown for Today’s Holiday

  The city sponsored Fourth of July fireworks show begin at 9 p.m. at Monument Point in Heisler Park tonight. That area of the park will be closed all day, Friday, July 4.  At noon, picnickers in the area of Heisler Park from the Rock Bench at Myrtle Street to the Rockpile...

Artists Show Their Love of the Cove

Crystal Cove Alliance holds a three-day summer art show and sale, Friday, July 18, through Sunday, July 20, featuring a score of California plein air artists whose paintings depict Crystal Cove. Preview the art at a Friday reception, 4:30-7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 -$50 and will...

Rules Won’t Dim a Sparkling July 4

The city sponsored Fourth of July fireworks show will begin at 9 p.m. at Monument Point in Heisler Park. That area of the park will be closed all day, Friday, July 4.  At noon, picnickers in the area of Heisler Park from the Rock Bench at Myrtle Street to the Rockpile Beach...

Summer Hibernation Starts

Enjoy what’s left of your off season routine. Last Saturday, June 21, marked the official start of summer and the arrival of tourists. With the economy recovering, this year we can expect more people in town than ever. Additionally, Irvine has been hurriedly producing new homes...

On the Table

Zpizza Introduces New Pies To kickoff its national pop-up city tour, Zpizza, 30822 S. Coast Hgihway, will offer a free pizza tasting event from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, June 28, featuring limited-time varieties, fun prizes and  $10 gift certificates. Locals can also enter, on the...